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Walk Worthy (pt. 4): Walk Wisely by the Spirit of Wisdom (Ephesians 5:15

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What is a Spirit-filled church? What does it mean to walk in the Spirit? And if you feel empty of the Spirit, what sort of 'magic' does it take to feel full again? On Sunday, I sought to answer that question from Ephesians 5:1521, as we considered the last of Paul's instructions towalk worthy.In some ways this is the pinnacle of his instructions, going back to Ephesians 4...

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When a Workshop reminds me that God is I AM

Simeon workshop

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11 For t...

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Walk Worthy (pt. 3): Walk in the Light of Christ (Ephesians 5:6

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Walking seems like such a simple thing until we break a toe or all the lights go out. Thankfully, the command to walk worthy of our calling is not something we must figure out on our own or something we must do in our own strength. Rather, in Christ the Christian has been given all they need to walk in love and light. Just as important, we have been given a community wit...

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Celebrating and Proclaiming Christ at Christmastime

We look forward to Christmas for many reasons, but most of all we rejoice at the miracle of Christ's birth, and the grace of God in the Word become flesh. One of the traditions my family looks forward to is our advent calendar. Each day of December leading up to Christmas we tuck a slip of paper with a daily Scripture reading and a Christmas tradition behind the miniatu...

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November 2017 Shepherd's Letter

Shepherd's Letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters, "Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations" (Psalm 100:4b-5). We are thankful to the Lord for you, for our church family, and for how the Lord is working in our midst. We are thankful for the grace and faithfulness of God that we heard proclaimed durin...

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Walk Worthy (pt 2): Walking in (His) Love (Ephesians 5:1

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After laying out the riches of God's grace and glory in Ephesians 13, Paul turns to the way in which Christians are to walk in their new life. Five times in Ephesians 45 he uses the word "walk: in light of Christ's work of salvation, Paul calls us to walk worthy of our calling (4:1), to walk unlike Gentiles (4:17), to walk in love (5:1), to walk in light (5:8), and to walk...

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New Creation Clothing

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This last Sunday Ben Purves preached on Ephesians 4:17-32. Below you will find the Scripture text, sermon outline, and discussion questions for your family/or Community Group.You can listen to the sermon mp3 here. Ephesians 4:17-3217 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are dark...

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Don’t You Want to Thank *Someone*: A Thanksgiving Meditation

As we enter thanksgiving week, it is good to reflect on the nature of giving thanks. Many have observed praise is fundamental to what it means to be human, yet, not all praise honors God in a way he deserves. Therefore, we should consider how we might give thanks and give thanks in a way that makes God the object of our gratitude. Ingratitude: The Arrhythmia of Man's He...

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Walking Worthy: Growing in Unity and Maturity (Ephesians 4:1

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Everwonder what unity in the body of Christ is supposed to look like? This Sunday we looked at Ephesians 4:116, to see how Christ builds up his church in unity and maturity. In short, through a well-tuned heart (vv. 13) and well-ordered doctrine (vv. 46), Christ, a well-supplied head (vv. 710), equips his church to be a well-developed body (vv. 1116). For me, this series ...

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Adoption and Orphan Care: More Than a Sunday Announcement

Adoption and Foster care

"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world." James 1:27 Last week our church recognized Orphan Care Sunday and I shared the verse above. Clearly, our Father intendsand expectshis people to care for the helpless, which in first century Palestine consi...

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